Bidding farewell to another Minor League season....
Fresno 4, Sacramento 3
W- Albert Minnis (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- Tyler Rogers (1-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (3, 16 season)
Fresno home runs: D.J. Fisher (5, 21 season; led off game)
The Grizzlies will finish 2016 with a 73-70-1 record. The tie occurred on May 30 against Colorado Springs; both teams needed to catch flights out of Fresno, so they agreed that no inning could start after 2:30 Pacific that day. Since the game was tied after 2:30, the game ended in a tie.
Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning; Fresno's came in the form of a D.J. Fisher home run to lead off the game. Both teams also scored 2 runs in the 8th inning; Jon Kemmer ripped an RBI double and Alejandro Garcia hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Danny Worth to score. The difference in this game was a run in the 9th for the Grizzlies. Fisher scored the first run of the game... and he scored the last run of the game on a single from Worth. Fisher and Worth both finished with 2 hits.
It was a bullpen day for the Grizzlies. Aaron West and Chris Cotton started it off with 3 innings; West allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4, while Cotton allowed a hit and walked 1. Albert Minnis allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings, and Brendan McCurry walked 1 in a scoreless 9th.
The Grizzlies will open the 2017 season at home against Reno on Thursday, April 6.
Corpus Christi 4, San Antonio 2
W- Eric Peterson (6-3, 7-3 season)
L- Daniel McCutchen (1-2)
CC home runs: J.D. Davis (23, grand slam in 9th)
The Hooks only had one scoring play and only scored in one inning, but it turned out to be enough for them to come out on top in their season finale.
Cy Sneed allowed 3 hits and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Michael Freeman was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen, and in 2.1 innings, he allowed a run, which was an inherited runner charged to him, a single, walked 3, and struck out 2. Eric Peterson went 1.2 innings, and the one hit he allowed was a 2-run double that broke a scoreless tie. He also walked 1 and struck out 1.
J.D. Davis only had one hit, but it was a grand slam in the 9th that put the Hooks in front. Drew Ferguson, James Ramsay, and Ramon Laureano (2B, SB) all had 2 hits in the game. Laureano will finish the season with 43 stolen bases.
Corpus Christi will begin its playoff road with the Texas League South Division Series against Midland beginning on Wednesday.
Inland Empire 8, Lancaster 4
W- Grayson Long (2-1)
L- Framber Valdez (0-1, 4-5 season)
Lancaster home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (7, 10 season; solo in 1st), Kyle Tucker (3, 9 season; solo in 4th), Christian Correa (3, 4 season; solo in 5th)
The JetHawks were foiled in their bid to sweep their final series of the regular season.
Three of their four runs came via the solo homer; Osvaldo Duarte opened the scoring by whacking one in the 1st. Kyle Tucker launched one in the 4th, and Christian Correa smacked his in the 5th inning. Duarte also drove in the only Lancaster run that wasn't the product of a home run with a groundout in the 9th.
Framber Valdez went 5.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Chris Murphy allowed 3 unearned runs on 3 hits and walked 1 in 2 innings, and Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over the final 1.1 innings.
The JetHawks will take on Rancho Cucamonga in the South Division mini-series. Game 1 will be in Rancho on Wednesday.
Quad Cities 12, Burlington 1
W- Justin Ferrell (5-6)
L- Erik Manoah (0-1)
QC home runs: Pat Porter (9, inside-the-park 2-run in 7th), Dexture McCall (9, solo in 9th)
The Banditos scored 10 runs in the final 3 innings to turn what was a 2-1 game into a laugher. They will finish the season with a 61-78 record.
Everyone in the lineup scored a run. Quad Cities really blew this one wide open with 7 runs in the top of the 7th inning.
Matt Bower went 4.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3, and Justin Ferrell struck out 5 over 4.1 perfect innings for the win.
Connecticut 10, Tri-City 1
W- Locke St. John (6-7)
L- Jorge Alcala (0-1, 3-3 season)
TC home runs: None.
The ValleyCats fell behind the eight-ball early thanks to a 3-0 deficit after the 1st, and then the Tigers buried them with 7 in the 5th.
After Ronnie Dawson hit a double in the 9th, Taylor Jones spoiled the shutout with an RBI single. Alex De Goti finished 3-3.
Jorge Alcala went 4.2 innings and allowed 9 runs (2 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Erasmo Pinales was the first man out of the bullpen, and in 1.1 innings, he struck out 3, allowed a run of his own on a bases-loaded walk, one of two walks that he issued in his outing, and a single that allowed the runner he inherited from Alcala to score. Tyson Perez allowed a hit and struck out 2 over the final 2 innings.
And so.... that puts an end to the 2016 regular season in the Houston Astros minor league system. Corpus Christi and Lancaster will carry the Astros' flag into the Minor League Baseball playoffs, and they'll start their playoff journeys on Wednesday.
J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
Go-ahead grand slam (23) in 9th
Photo by Tammy Tucker
Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 3 H, 4 K
Alex De Goti, IF, Tri-City
Photo from Chris Creamer's Sports Logos Page
Quad Cities River Bandits: W 12-1 @ Burlington
Dex McCall: 4-6, 3B, solo HR (9), 3 RBI, 3 R; finished 2B shy of cycle
Pat Porter: Inside-the-park 2-R HR (9), 3 RBI
Marlon Avea: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Matt Bower: 4.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Justin Ferrell: W (5-6), 4.1 IP, 5 K